Following is an email Jennifer Simmen, ASAC Counselor, received from a former patient that she referred to Heart of Iowa.
Hi! Not sure if you remember me or not…however…I was your very first patient. I was driving by your office today and it made me think that I never got to thank you for everything that you did for me and my girls. You did so much in a very small amount of time and you became a key to the turning point in my life.
Today I am living sober…10 months this Friday…my girls and I have a house and all 3 of us are continuing to rebuild our relationships…challenging at times but very rewarding. I see the world through sober eyes now and though sometimes I don’t like it I have learned to live life on life’s terms. The good…the bad…the pretty and the ugly all look so different now that my head is clear.
I was taught a saying at the Heart of Iowa by one of the patient support staff and it is something I have learned to live by and cherish. It has gotten me through many dark days…maybe if you can teach it to just one of your youth patients and it helps them I will feel as though I have also helped someone. “One second at a time…one minute at a time…one hour at a time…one day at a time!”
If I can make it through that bad second then I can make it to the next minute…if I can make it through that bad minute then I can make it to the next hour and if I can make it through that bad hour then eventually I can make it through that bad day. I learned not to promise my girls that I will never drink again but what I do say to them every morning is that I will try my hardest to not take a drink that day!!!
Thank you so much for the important part you played in my life…I will never forget you and I shall always be grateful that our paths crossed!